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Zoo Prods. expands team

Brill-Stella, Valenzuela tapped for VP posts

“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” producer Zoo Prods. has expanded its team, naming two new veepees.

Rachel Brill-Stella has been tapped VP of development at the company, while Richard Valenzuela will now serve as VP of production. Both were formerly directors of their divisions.

Zoo Prods. co-presidents Barry Poznick and John Stevens credited Brill-Stella for developing MTV’s “Tila Tequila Spring Break Fantasy Couple” and Tru TV’s “Speeders,” while Valenzuela helped in the production of Oxygen’s “Girls Behaving Badly” and Tru TV’s “Speeders Fight Back.”

Brill-Stella has been with the company since 2001, working on shows such as “5th Grader” and TV Land’s “How’d You Get So Rich?” She’s also developing docu series “The Pellicano Girls.”

Valenzuela is handling new projects such as “Hotel Security,” “All-Girl Trucker School” and “Muscle Beach House.”

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